Good RGB – Installing A-RGB fans with a non RGB motherboard

Today we’re setting up some ARGB fans with a motherboard that doesn’t have any RGB or ARGB headers to see what’s involved. We’ll also be controlling these via software, so we can enjoy all the customisation options that come with the latest addressable RGB kits!

For this we’re going to be using our favourite Cooler Master ARGB 3x Fan Kit as it has a fan controller included, and there are many options from Lian Li, Corsair and Be Quiet! that also include controllers like these.

Before we get stuck into the install we’ll just take a quick look at what comes inside the box.

– A-RGB LED Small Controller
– SATA & Thermal Detection Cable
– 1 to 3 A-RGB Cable & Cable to sync MB
– 1 to 3 Fan Power Cable Splitter
– Thermal Detector
– 3x 120mm A-RGB Fans
– 12 Fan Screws
– User Manual + Warranty Information Booklet

OK let’s get into it! (insert great pic from manual)

First, we connected the ARGB Cable (it’s got 3 pins, shown below) and the Fan Power Cable Splitter (ignoring the Asus and Gigabyte connectors) to the appropriate connectors on the fan cables. The ARGB and Fan Power connector types are clearly marked on the cables with white tags. The green arrows below show the little triangles that match up.

We then connected the ARGB Cable 5 pin connector and the SATA & Thermal Detection Cable 4 pin connector to the controller.

Finally, we connected the SATA & Thermal Detection Cable into the Thermal Detector and SATA power connector from the PSU.

When turning on the PC we had success, the fans were running fine and the LEDs lit up – able to be controlled through the buttons on the ARGB controller.

The ARGB controller is easy to mount into the case as it is magnetic, and with you’ll have a few effects and the beautiful ARGB rainbow mode

The Manual that comes in the box states you can download software on Cooler Master’s website. This is a fairly easy process but you’ll need to get your own MicroUSB cable and internal USB Header adapter for it to look super clean 😛 (cowboy mode plugging the micro USB cable into a USB port on the outside of your PC work though)

Once you’ve connected the Cooler Master ARGB controller via USB, head to the CM Download page to grab the latest (This will be newer than ones we’ve pictured below when we tested, which was v1.0.0.1)

Now, onto connecting the Fans and Controller through the software 🙂

Here we opened up the detected controller and then navigated to the configuration page.

Once on the configuration page, we added the single MasterFan ARGB option (indicated by the double light bulb icon) via the + symbol. (The MasterLiquid options also work but aren’t really needed since the controller only has one port to control.)

This will add the fan into the top left-hand corner, next, we click on the light bulb icon of the added fan.

Then connect that to the first controller port by clicking on the light bulb icon with the A1 next to it.

OK, now that tricky bit is done, we can begin changing the LED modes and individual LED colours! As we have our fans connected to the first port on our controller we can configure and customize through the overview tab.

From the overview tab, you can select the different patterns for the LEDs.



UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: Congrats to the October Event Winner Daniel H!

Oh yeah! November is finally here and that means we’ve got awesome new Logitech G gaming goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a GGPC this November and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig. The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

An excellent mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs, our awesome November Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky NZ gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for the November 2021 event is so good! Comprised of the latest Logitech G gaming headset, a slim TLK RGB gaming keyboard and a great new gaming mouse – all the gear comes together to create a very impressive full setup for our lucky winner – so let’s take a quick look at all the new Logitech G gaming gear!

Weighing in at a feathery 165 grams, the new Logitech G435 Gaming Headset is super lightweight, and with both LIGHTSPEED wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, it’s super versatile, allowing our winner can use it with their new PC, and all sorts of other gadgets too.

With 40mm drivers, G435 delivers crisp, clear sound that makes your game come alive. The microphone has no boom, instead using twin beamforming microphones, working together to provide voice clarity in a very stealthy way.

Up next is the Logitech G915 TKL Wireless Gaming Keyboard, a small form factor option which is also featuring LIGHTSPEED pro-grade wireless with advanced LIGHTSYNC RGB. The slim design is a feat of engineering ideal for gaming on the desktop or in the lounge, with high-performance low-profile mechanical switches.

Crafted meticulously from premium materials, the G915 TKL is a sophisticated design of unparalleled beauty, strength, and performance, and with the TLK (ten-key-less) compact form factor, it’s also a better fit.

Such a great keyboard for sure, but we’re not done yet! Our lucky November winner is going to need a good gaming mouse and we’ve got that covered with the wireless Logitech G305 in black to match!

At first glance, you may think the Logitech G305 Gaming Mouse looks a bit basic in comparison to our usual 500 series offerings, but don’t be fooled, this G305 packs incredible technology within the sleek design. A HERO sensor delivers exceptionally accurate and consistent performance with zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration from 200 to 12,000 DPI. G305 can save up to 5 profiles with up to 5 DPI levels each on the onboard memory, and limitless via the Logitech G HUB.

That revolutionary new optical sensor delivers class-leading performance and up to 10 times the power efficiency (compared to the previous gen), and that’s an essential specification as this mouse is WIRELESS too!

WOW! What a bunch of prizes!

Check out all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!


Intel 12th Gen Desktop CPU available now in NZ!

UPDATE: Intel 12th Gen is available now in the Intel Store 🙂

Woohooo! The latest Intel 12th Gen CPU finally have an official release date set for New Zealand and it’s November 5th so we don’t have very long to wait 🙂 And with the first wave of K and KF series options now revealed, we can start planning new builds too!

What makes this launch so cool is that some of the new motherboards releasing alongside support brand new DDR5 ram kits, and because the socket is updating to a much larger LGA1700 – we’re going to get a bunch of new CPU cooler options soon too.

Important note: The 12th Gen CPU is quite a bit longer than the current 11th Gen, getting technically specific a moment the LGA1200 indicates the number of CPU contact points in the motherboard socket being 1200, the new LGA1700 adds 500 more for the new total – quite significant and something to consider if you’re wanting to use a current-gen CPU cooler, in regards to the direct CPU contact point, along with the 4mm difference in mounting bracket points.

Starting off with a quick look at what is probably going to be the most popular in the 12th Gen Intel CPU range, we can now see the new Intel Core i7-12700K is going to cost around $800 here in NZ and that puts it in price/performance competition with the already impressive i9-10900K and i9-11900KF options, and that’s a really great sign, going up against the i9 is no easy feat so we’re expecting very good things from the new i7!

The new Z690 series motherboards are in plentiful supply too, with a wide range of new options already landed in NZ ahead of release, but what’s proving a little harder to find is the new CPU coolers that will come with the LGA1700 bracket needed to fit onto the CPU – and that’s super important as all the first wave 12th Gen CPU options releasing do not include a CPU cooler.

Luckily for us, those fine folks at Cooler Master and Corsair have a bunch of brackets now on the way to NZ with which we can update some existing options, plus our friends at MSI have a new MAG CORELIQUID AiO that’s ready to go with LGA1700 compatibility right out of the box!

All ASUS Z690 motherboards also include LGA 1200 mounting holes in addition to LGA 1700. Therefore, if current owners of ASUS AIO coolers possess an LGA 1200 mounting kit that came with their cooler, they can use this on any ASUS Z690 motherboard too, but as the new CPU is slightly slimmer it’s best to test the thermals just in case it’s not a perfect contact surface.

With the cooling options thankfully looking better than first thought, let’s move onwards to check out one of the new motherboards with support for DDR5 RAM kits, the ASUS ROG Z690 MAXIMUS APEX.

Take a moment, look at that RAM slot configuration, that’s something new!

The specifications from Asus show the unique configuration is in fact 2x DIMM slots for a maximum of 64GB DDR5 running up to 6600MHz. The slot beside it is labelled DIMM.2, and this is something cool too, it allows us to connect M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD via a special caddy.

Asus also have a PCIe 5.0 M.2 caddy for that central x16 slot, and while I suspect we’re more likely to use that for a graphics card at the moment, it’s a pretty cool looking component.

When it comes to DDR5 ram, there are a small number of kits that have already landed in NZ from G.Skill and Corsair which run at up to 5200MHz, these are premium options with head spreaders and RGB lighting. The design is smoother than the current DDR4 version with its sharper lines, here’s hoping for more interesting designs as more kits get revealed from Kingston and Crucial too.

It’s a lot of new awesomeness to take in, and we can’t wait to get hands-on with all the new options to see what the performance is like in all our favourite games – fun times ahead!


ASUS GeForce Noctua Edition Graphics Card available now in NZ!

UPDATE: Limited stock has just landed for Asus RTX 3070 Noctua Edition

If you’ve been thinking about combining the quiet cooling of Noctua fans with an Asus performance graphics card you’re in luck, those fine folks at Asus and Noctua have teamed up and created exactly what you wanted!

This new ASUS Noctua Edition Graphics Card incorporates a pair of beautiful (and massive) Noctua NF-A12x25 fans. With low noise levels being a priority, along with high cooling performance while making room for this pair of 120 mm fans, the card’s total volume was expanded to occupy 4.3 slots of space and requires 2×8-pin power inputs!

Developed in partnership between the veteran thermal R&D team at ASUS and engineers at Noctua, the engineers have worked together to tune the fin density and heat pipe arrangement of the heatsink, optimising it for the airflow characteristics of the NF-A12x25. The NF-A12x25 fan was chosen for this project because of the numerous innovations packed into its 120mm frame. An impeller made from Noctua’s proprietary Sterrox liquid-crystal polymer has an exceptionally low thermal expansion coefficient, allowing the fan blades to sit just 0.5 mm away from the outer frame. This extremely tight tolerance allows the NF-A12x25 to work more efficiently against back pressure by reducing the leakage of airflow between the blade tips and the outer frame. A metal-reinforced motor hub and axis further support this highly precise gap between impeller and frame. Furthermore, a custom PWM IC with Smooth Commutation Drive technology reduces fan noise levels at lower speeds. An acoustic profile specifically tuned for a smooth and pleasant character, even against back pressure, is ideal for a GPU heatsink application. Flow Acceleration Channels at the tip of each impeller blade both improve efficiency and lower vortex noise. Inner Surface Microstructures on the fan frame reduce the noise from passing fan blades. Anti-vibration pads made from soft silicone prevent the transmission of sympathetic vibrations to the graphics card and on through the case. These advanced features have led to hundreds of media awards and a reputation as the best 120 mm fan on the market.

This cooperative development process resulted in some of the best thermal performance per decibel of noise emitted of any graphics card on the market.

Via ASUS: “Using our extensive thermal R&D experience, we’ve created a new GPU heatsink that’s tailor-made for the performance characteristics of the state-of-the-art NF-A12x25 fans,” said Kent Chien, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the ASUS Multimedia Business Unit. “Our teamwork gives noise-conscious gamers and Noctua enthusiasts a unique graphics card that maximizes heat dissipation per decibel of noise emitted, all in a package that coordinates perfectly with other Noctua products in a DIY PC.”“Users who are concerned first and foremost about the noise levels and noise characteristics of their system will undoubtedly notice the difference. “

Compared to the very popular TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 OC Edition, the Noctua Edition produces a 10 dB-lower sound pressure level when controlling for the same power limit, ambient temperature, and thermal junction temperature.

Via NOCTUA: “By using our NF-A12x25 fans and collaborating to fine-tune the heatsink for use with them, this card achieves a significant boost in performance-to-noise efficiency,” added Noctua CEO Roland Mossig. “The ASUS line-up of GeForce RTX 3070 cards is already outstanding, but we’re confident that the Noctua Edition will be the cherry on the cake for noise-conscious customers.”

Sporting the iconic custom brown shroud for the duo of NF-A12x25 fans to showcase that oh so distinctive colour scheme. There are both ASUS and Noctua logos on the front and sides of the shroud, along with subtle graphics on the full-length alloy backplate.

In addition to the bespoke heatsink and super quiet fans, this new graphics card also enjoys signature features that ASUS graphics cards are known for, with a whopping 144-hour validation process ensuring that this card is ready to perform for the long run.

Stock is expected to be very limited, check out the latest in the Noctua Store or the Asus Store today!

AMD Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Cards available now in NZ!

UPDATE: RX 6600 builds are now included in AMD Rewards – Raise the Game!

Gosh, they did a pretty good job keeping this new graphics card release under wraps, but as of 2 am October 14th 2021, the latest AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics cards are available to buy in New Zealand!

Much like the recently released XT version, there is no reference cooler design, so we get to enjoy a diverse range of aftermarket versions from AMD exclusive partners Powercolor, Sapphire and ASRock, as well as Asus, Gigabyte and a little later on, MSI.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 Essentials:

1x 8-Pin Power input (500w PSU recommended)
3x DisplayPort (v1.4) + 1x HDMI (Supports 4K@120Hz)
7680 x 4320 Max Resolution
2+ Slot Form Factor

Starting off with a closer look at the Sapphire Pulse RX 6600 Graphics Card we see that this latest option features their awesome Dual-X cooling system, with a state-of-the-art radiator setup and 2x fans that help to keep things cool while remaining rather quiet thanks to the larger size + improvements Sapphire has made to the fan blades, which they claim make the solution up to 10% quieter than the previous generation – nicely done Sapphire!

White the Sapphire Nitro+ Cooler leans towards the 2-slot form factor, a closer look at the MSI 2x Mech RX 6600 shows not all are so slim. While its still an easy fit for most chassis, for those looking to build very tight ITX SFF gaming PC it could be an important detail to consider.

That being said, previous MECH 2X GPU have performed very well and this new arrival is likely to follow the trend, that TORX FAN 3.0 tech is very cool!

More favourites in the new range are from AMD exclusive partner Powercolor who have two models releasing in NZ on day one, the Powercolor Fighter RX 6600 and Powercolor Hellhound RX 6600. Fighter is their standard ultra-slim design, with no LED light effects or bling to be seen, the design finds itself nicely filling the gap for those ultra-small gaming PC builds in which every mm counts.

The Powercolor Hellhound version sacrifices the slim Fighter design, but adds very vibrant LED lighting too a massive set of twin fans, it looks awesome especially with a chassis that supports either inverted motherboard placement or side mounting GPU with a PCIe 4.0 extender.

Rounding off our quick look is a monster RX 6600 for Gigabyte, with a massive 3x Fan cooler fitted on their Eagle RX 6600. The GPU PCB length is still short, and this allows the back fan to blow right through the fins.

Although significantly larger than all other launch options, the Gigabyte Eagle RX 6600 still only requires that 1x 8-Pin power input, and is surprisingly quite slim, just a couple of mm over 2-slot.

It’s really good to see some many great options released, and with the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 being the most affordable graphics card option for gamers it sure is well received here at GGPC – we’re busily working on our first RX 6600 Gaming PC builds with the Gigabyte Eagle inside – and it’s looking really really good 🙂


Windows 11 OEM, TPM 2.0 and Intel 12th Gen builds!

UPDATE: Windows 11 Home OEM and Windows 11 Pro OEM are available for order now. If you’re unable to use the BIOS update method below, TPM modules are now also available in NZ.

For gamers, the Windows 11 team teased a few new features such as auto-HDR in Skyrim, which did make the clouds look more realistic, DirectStorage, which aims to help make our loading times even shorter and even more integration with the Xbox ecosystem and DirectX 12.

VIA MICROSOFT: If you’re a gamer, Windows 11 is made for you. Gaming has always been fundamental to what Windows is all about. Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world game on Windows and find joy and connection with loved ones and friends through play. Windows 11 unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware, putting some of the latest gaming technology to work for you. Like: DirectX 12 Ultimate, which can enable breathtaking, immersive graphics at high frame rates; DirectStorage for faster load times and more detailed game worlds; and Auto HDR for a wider, more vivid range of colors for a truly captivating visual experience. Nothing has changed in our commitment to hardware compatibility – Windows 11 supports your favorite PC gaming accessories and peripherals. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate, gamers get access to over 100 high-quality PC games with new games added all the time, and it’s still just as easy to find people to play with, no matter if they’re playing on a PC or console.

While the upcoming Z690 motherboard series for 12th Gen Intel is likely going to be ready-to-run with Windows 11 installation, it’s still going to be a while before the current motherboard stock transitions through, so while the factory hardware setups adjust to match the new software specifications, let’s take a quick look at what’s required to make our current builds Windows 11 ready.

The basics are: For your Windows 10 build to install Windows 11, the PC must first pass the test performed by Microsoft’s PC Health Check software. 

You can download the tool here =

Run the tool and you’ll see the requirements are easily met, though two options for Secure Boot support and TPM 2.0 enabled may require some BIOS settings be adjusted.

The good news is, it’s super easy to do!

You can adjust the needed settings manually within the BIOS menu (tap delete during boot sequence to access that menu), but as the exact location and name of the settings needed within the BIOS menu changes a little between models/versions it can be a bit of a hassle searching for the TPM/PTT options.

To make things a bit easier, motherboard manufacturers have started to release new BIOS updates that change the settings for us, not all are ready yet, but a massive amount are.

On the Intel side, compatible motherboards include Z390, Z370, H370, B360, B365, H310, Z490, H470, B460, H410, Z590, B560, H510, H570 and X299 (when paired with certain CPU) chipsets. For the AMD side it’s equally awesome with X399, X370, B350, A320, A300, X300, X470, B450, X570, B550, A520 and TRX40 models supported.

The BIOS update method is very straightforward, quick steps below;

Step #1: Find out what motherboard model you have.
Step #2: Install the BIOS update for that motherboard 

There are a couple of ways to find out your motherboard model, you could look on the motherboard itself for the printed model ID, or get the PC to tell you.

To get your PC to tell you your motherboard model, follow these steps from the desktop;

Step #1: Press start, type “CMD”, command prompt will appear, press enter to run it.
Step #2: In the command prompt box, type (or cut’n’paste) this “wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer”
Step #3: Press enter, your motherboard model will now be shown in text

Once we know the motherboard model, we can download the latest BIOS from the matching manufacturers’ website, quick links below to the related articles about Windows 11 from each.

Asus Motherboards =

Gigabyte Motherboards =

MSI Motherboards =

Asrock Motherboards =

If you don’t want to update the BIOS for whatever reason, or the Windows 11 ready version isn’t available for your specific model at the moment, you can enable what’s needed within the BIOS. 

The steps to do this for the major brands are covered quickly with the YouTube video here.

Pretty good right! Quick screenshots below to further highlight how different the BIOS settings within AMD and Intel motherboards are.

Starting with an ASRock AMD motherboard for example, the option is named fTPM.

You’ll find the option in the Advanced tab, then CPU Configuration menu. To make it ready, select “AMD fTPM switch” and choose “AMD CPU fTPM”.

For ASRock INTEL motherboards, the option name is different.

You’ll find the option in the Security tab, it’s named “Intel® Platform Trust Technology”, enable this.

Once you’ve done the updates, run the tool again to check all is OK then either download the Windows 11 preview (if you’ve signed up for insider access), or wait for yours to get served via the windows update, which will deploy the Windows 11 upgrade to staggered groups around the world.

The first wave of Intel 12th Generation i7-12700K CPU and the Z690 motherboard range with it’s new LGA1700 socket are expected to release soon too, so it’s going to be great to see how this latest Alder Lake makes use of the new Windows 11 software, along with all the new technology that comes with the latest DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0 support.

Exciting times ahead 🙂 GAME ON!


UPDATE: This promotion has now ended.

NVIDIA are back with another awesome game bundle offer, and this SAVE THE UNIVERSE offer has the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy game from Square Enix up for grabs!

As usual, this latest register to redeem bonus offer is only available to those purchasing select GeForce RTX 3060 – 3090 desktop or laptop systems with invoices dated from October 5th – November 23rd, 2021 and only from select brands. (see the range at PB Tech in New Zealand)

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware, you’ll need to register to redeem your promotion code, this is done via the brand redemption pages. Quick links below.

Right now it’s only MSI, ASUS & GIGABYTE who have their redemption page live for NZ , we’ll update with more info as it comes in.

– Register to redeem MSI Gaming Laptops & Desktop PC
– Register to redeem ASUS Gaming Laptops & Desktop PC
– Register to redeem GIGABYTE Gaming Laptops & Desktop PC

UPDATE: Custom PC Builds featuring GIGABYTE / AORUS or ASUS / ROG brand RTX 3060(Ti), RTX 3070(Ti), RTX 3080(Ti) and RTX 3090 Graphics cards can now also be registered to redeem. Quick links below for Custom PC Builders. Take care near the end of the promotion though as redemption is based on the invoice date, rather than the order placed date, and custom systems take around 3 days to build, test and invoice out.

NVIDIA Save the Universe – Custom RTX Gaming PC Builds

To activate your promotional code for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy you must have a GeForce Experience & the STEAM launcher installed too.

1. Register to redeem your bundle code from the brand redemption page.
2. Open and log in to GeForce Experience.
3. Go to the Account drop-down menu and select “REDEEM”.
4. Enter your bundle code from your qualifying bundle purchase.
5. Follow the remaining onscreen instructions to sign in through your Steam account.
6. Select “REDEEM” to redeem Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy to your Steam account.
7. LAUNCH Steam to begin the installation.

Now onto the good stuff – let’s take a look at the game!

Play as Star-Lord and lead your band of legendary misfits to save the universe in this fresh but faithful take on the Guardians of the Galaxy. overwhelm your opponents with your signature blasters and jet boot-powered dropkicks, while using the tag-team beat downs to dominate 🙂

The game features ray-traced reflections and NVIDIA DLSS, so it’s going to look and run great too.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set to release on October 26th, so grab your favourite ‘80s mixtape and get ready to GAME ON!


UPDATE: Halo Infinite is now available

Another round of pre-release testing is on this weekend for those with Halo Insider access, testing will include big game maps with a range of vehicles and objectives, as well as the smaller 4v4 match modes in a variety of maps.

The best new is though, there are timeslots from 1pm – 5pm on Saturday + Sunday here in New Zealand.

Already a Halo Insider? Check your notifications and download the Halo Insider client via Steam

Want to get involved? Sign up to be a Halo Insider via

As a Halo Insider, you’ll have the opportunity to regularly provide feedback and insights that help shape and inform current franchise initiatives and the future of Halo. You will also be given exclusive opportunities to participate in hands-on, pre-release tests (“public flights”) of in-progress Halo game releases and provide feedback to the development teams.

To increase your chances for selection, make sure your Halo Insider settings are complete and accurate – you must be opted-in for communications, verify your email address and for us players on PC, upload a DXDIAG file for our system too.

Once you’re in be sure to check for notifications, sometimes these also include invites codes so you can play with friends.

The Halo infinite multiplayer is in a very polished state already and we can’t wait to add this one to our good free to play PC games list!